As the end of the year draws ever closer, and Super Smash Bros. Wii U/3DS draws closer, we’re starting to see the end of the character roster. Yesterday’s update was extremely Fire Emblem heavy (what, no love for Golden Sun or Xenoblade?), and last month’s Pac-Man announcement (especially classic arcade Pac-Man, no less) made me giddy with prime geekery glee), but we all have our ideas on who we would like to see, and I’m no different.
I start this by saying my list is no less right and wrong than anyone else’s. I do have my “dream” contenders I’d like to see. But I’m also going to try and approach it more realistically. That means I won’t be asking for the inclusion of several hundreds of characters worth of Pokemon, on Naruto, or Dragon Ball Z, or Shrek(?), or various household items. I think people forget what Super Smash Bros. ultimately is: It’s a love letter to video games. It’s also a playable history of the medium, and of course it’s going to be Nintendo-centric. The third-party characters they have previously chosen, have all made sense to the context of Nintendo: The Read the rest of this entry
I was a little late to the game when it came to playing the Atari Lynx. But then again, I never really owned a handheld gaming system until the Game Boy Color. That’s right: I missed the dawn of the first generation portable war.
That’s not to say that the Atari Lynx didn’t eventually catch my attention. As a kid, I would see the games on the store shelves of my local Babbage’s (before it was devoured by Gamestop), and had always wondered what it was like to play one.
I remembered it being a colorful system, having decent graphics, and a nice lineup of arcade ports. But it didn’t carry the Marios and Castlevanias and Mega Mans of the Nintendo era that caught the gaming craze of the time. I was then all about my NES and Master System, and even if I had changed my mind, the system only graced store shelves for a short time before Game Boy conquered all.
Tonight, I got to see a preview of Wreck-It Ralph in 3D.
If you want the short of it, it’s now one of my “Top 10” Disney animated films.
The long of it, however, is best explained for a number of reasons. And you can start with the poster:
Basically, this is Toy Story for video games. What happens when the arcade closes for the night?
This movie has a TON of cameos, making Captain N: The Game Master look pale by comparison. You can spot dozens of games in the 30 year time progression of the arcade, from Star Wars to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, to a virtual “Who’s Who” of classics. That’s nothing to say of the cameos of characters running around in “Game Central Station”. These two scenes alone are going to cause a lot of frame by frame scanning when it comes to home video. One cameo moment actually shocked me how “true to character” they were. I won’t reveal anything, but there are a few delightful nods. Surprisingly, however, is how devoid of Nintendo this movie is. Yes, Bowser is in there, and there are two other nods, but Nintendo was Read the rest of this entry
More than likely, your initial response will be the same as mine:
But it’s apparently very true, and despite one glaring cosmetic change, the whole concept of it is crazy awesome. It reminds me of when kids would call our hotline swearing up and down that the goofiest characters imaginable were actually in Mortal Kombat.
To all those random kids with the most bizarre of ideas, this one’s for you.
After months of talking about it, referencing “the old days”, and hoping for the best, what is the final word about the new Mortal Kombat? What did I learn about the story, the content, the play mechanics, and everything else that goes with it?
This may well be one of the best fighting games I have ever played.
And if that’s not enough, it may be the best Mortal Kombat to date. There’s a lot to like about this reboot. The amount of content and things to do is damn-near staggering. You’ll be playing this one for a while, and it’s going to take you even longer to unearth all of the hidden secrets in the game.
My favorite entry in the series was always Part 3. It may be “nostalgia blinders” due to it was my entry into the gaming industry. But I was good at it. Very good. So good that I could hang off the top of the arcade machine upside down and beat Shao Kahn. So good that I’d playtest Mortal Kombat Trilogy with one of the steering wheel peripherals. You do something for 8-12 hours a day, 5-6 days Read the rest of this entry
Big night tonight, with the midnight release of Portal 2 and Mortal Kombat. One crushes your mind through the use of clever spacial distortion, the other gets straight to the point and rips out your spine to crush your mind with it. Are you planning to go out tonight for a midnight launch in your area? Which title are you getting, or are you wanting both?
I would like to hear yours and share my own impressions in feedback to see who is looking forward to what.